Friday, December 2, 2016

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Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016
Review: Director Pablo Larrain's "Jackie"
History, lately run amok, is ordered with such tidy, forceful finesse by Natalie Portman's Jacqueline Kennedy in in the piercing "Jackie." Summoning a journalist to Hyannis Port in 1963, not long after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, she coolly sets the record for her late husband's legacy,...
Monday, Nov. 28, 2016
Review: Director John Madden's "Miss Sloane"
There's never a hair out of place in "Miss Sloane ," a painstakingly slick political thriller from director John Madden about a brilliant lone wolf lobbyist consumed with the win. It's a wannabe Aaron Sorkin-meets-Shonda Rhimes glimpse into the hollow and cynical world of inside the beltway...
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016
Review: Director Garth Davis' "Lion"
There are two ways to view "Lion." One is as a heart-warming tale of love beyond boundaries and the incandescent pull of home. The more cynical view is that it's a two-hour advertisement for the wonders of Google Earth. Let's not be cynical, shall we? Let's just enjoy this poignant and true story...
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016
Review: Warren Beatty's "Rules Don't Apply"
Warren Beatty doesn't want us to regard "Rules Don't Apply," in which he stars as Howard Hughes, as a Howard Hughes film. It's actually a movie about late '50s Hollywood, he says, and the sexual puritanism of the era. Indeed, Beatty doesn't appear for a long while in this much-awaited film, which...
Monday, Nov. 21, 2016
Review: Director Robert Zemeckis' "Allied"
Deeply nostalgic moviemaking is rendered with digital precision in Robert Zemeckis' highly manicured World War II romance "Allied." Zemeckis' control of his camera is absolute, if self-consciously so. In "Allied," with Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, he has resurrected the espionage thriller in all...
Monday, Nov. 21, 2016
Review: Disney's "Moana"
Stop me if this sounds familiar: A Disney animation film about a bright and spirited young woman who feels stifled by outmoded expectations and dreams of exploring beyond the confines of her home. It's the premise of "Moana ," but it's also that of "The Little Mermaid," ''Beauty and the Beast," ''...
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016
Review: Director Ben Younger's "Bleed for This"
A melee has broken out in the boxing film. The genre's ring is so crowded, a fighter leaning back for a left hook might inadvertently sock the wrong opponent. Training montages could be combined to make a legitimate exercise video. The films are literally bleeding together: "Southpaw," ''Hands of...
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016
Review: David Yates' "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"
Xenophobia. Prejudice. Oppression. Who's up for a little escapism at the multiplex? J.K. Rowling, embarking on her new, post-Potter blockbuster franchise with "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," has said herself that her screenplay, which she began several years ago, was informed by world...
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016
Review: Kenneth Lonergan's "Manchester by the Sea"
It's hard to overstate the magnificence of Kenneth Lonergan's "Manchester by the Sea." His third feature following "You Can Count on Me" and "Margaret" is one that swells with the spectrum of human emotion. Humor, anger, cynicism and love all crash into one another to create an elegant composition...
Monday, Nov. 14, 2016
Review: Writer-Director Kelly Fremon Craig's "The Edge of Seventeen" 
When's the last time you saw a truly fresh talent on screen? Someone so charismatic that you couldn't wait to find out who they are, what they've done before and why you've never noticed? That's what it feels like to watch Hayden Szeto as the sweetly dorky love interest to Hailee Steinfeld's lead...